2019 World Cup 27th Match: Malinga, Mathews stun England at Headingley

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Lasith Malinga finished with figures of 4-43 off his 10 overs

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Lasith Malinga took four wickets and batsman Angelo Mathews struck an unbeaten 85 as Sri Lanka stunned England by 20 runs in their World Cup clash at Headingley.

Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka were dealt a big blow on the 12th ball of the match as captain Dimuth Karunaratne was caught behind off the bowling of Jofra Archer for one run.

Kusal Perera, who opened the batting with Karunaratne, was on his way back to the pavilion the very next over as he was caught by Moeen Ali at third man off the bowling of Chris Woakes for two runs.

Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis stabilised the innings with a 59-run partnership before Fernando was caught by Adil Rashid at third man off the bowling of Mark Wood for 49.

Mendis and Mathews kept the runs flowing with a 71-run stand before Mendis was dismissed by Rashid for 48.

Jeevan Mendis was caught and bowled by Rashid the very next ball, but Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva steadied things with a 57-run partnership before De Silva was caught by Joe Root at mid-on off the bowling of Archer for 29.

Archer also took out Thisara Perera, while Wood sent Isuru Udana and Malinga packing.

However, with Mathews scoring an unbeaten 85, which came off 115 balls and included five boundaries and a six, Sri Lanka finished on 232/9.

Archer and Wood picked up three wickets apiece, while Rashid snapped up two and Woakes chipped in with one.

Chasing 233 to win, England lost opener Jonny Bairstow on the second ball of the innings as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Malinga for a golden duck.

James Vince only scored 14 runs before he was caught by Mendis at slip off the bowling of Malinga.

Root and captain Eoin Morgan halted Sri Lanka’s charge with a 47-run partnership before Morgan was brilliantly caught and bowled by Udana for 21.

Root and Ben Stokes added 57 runs to the score before Root was caught behind off the bowling of Malinga for 57, which came off 89 balls and included three boundaries.

England began to lose wickets at regular intervals after Root’s dismissal, but Stokes continued fighting and edging them closer to their target.

However, his unbeaten knock of 82, which came off 89 balls and included seven boundaries and four sixes, went in vain as England were bowled out for 212.

Malinga was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while De Silva took three, Udana got two and Nuwan Pradeep claimed one.

Malinga was named Man of the Match.

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